Static Movement

A Blog for our Webzine, Static Movement

Saturday, July 29, 2006

August

I'm experimenting a little with the format at Static Movement, and am going to have an entrance page that will take you to the story page. John D. Stanton is letting me use a photograph that he did for the entrance page cover, it's very good and I think everyone will like it. Then another cover by Lee Kuruganti on the stories page.

The August issue is shaping up nicely, it's going to be another big one. We have a tribute to Robert Brian Newbill, he died in his sleep this month and we thought it would be nice for his family to recognize this writer, as he's had poetry published in Static Movement.

We are still having trouble with people sending in submissions without regard to our guidelines but I hope if I continue to complain about this, maybe everyone will listen some day.

Chris

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Time Might Change Me...But I can't Change Time

It's pretty amazing how much can happen in a relatively short span of time. I can remember when I first met Chris back in December of '05 and she was still assembling the staff and content for the first issue of Static. Back then there was a certain amount of uncertainity, expectations and dreams. I remember there was a bit of a panic when one staff memeber, I think the 'web master' jumped ship for personal reasons rather late in to the game. Chris with the help of some others stepped up and got the issue and magazine launched.

And now seven months late I look at this magazine and am proud to see that not only does it still exist, and has not only retained the original staff, but also gained new staffers, but has managed to put out a new issue relatively on time and presented strong original material that spans the genres. It is not uncommon for a new small press publication to bite the proverbial dust early on, but Static has grown in scope and remained dedicated to presenting a good selection of authors. Now that a print anthology is in the works it goes to show that everyone's hard work and dedication to the magazine and to the vision of what Static is has paid off.

Some small press magazines cater to a small collective of friends/acquantinces but I can honestly say that Static's doors are open to everyone, as long as they take into regard the guidelines and have solid writing abilities, and it is great to see the variety of people that have contributed to Static.

Personally, I think it is great to be involved with the people here at Static and their side projects. It is hard to find passionate people in everyday life, and to find genuine non-game players in the online literary/art world. But the folks at Static are genuine about the magazine and the small press in general.

With the recent rebirth of REP and the collaborations that will stem from that I think Static has a very promising future. It'll be interesting to see what changes come with Time.

Submission talk

Running an ezine is really (to me) like getting ready to throw a big party...and wondering if anyone will come.

It's not that we don't get submissions, we do. We aren't getting enough though, when you consider that most of them are declined. I thought it might be good to write a little about why subs are turned away, for the lack of anything better to talk about today.

Format: I work from three in the morning to about eleven. I'm really tired when I get home and the last thing I want to do, and indeed no longer even try, is re-format a submission because the submitter didn't bother to read the guidelines. We want the site to be uniform, meaning all of the stories need to have the same look, so it doesn't look like a two year old published them. Some of the stories have taken me hours to fix...and it's not fun. I like for this to be fun, so please for the love of everything good, read the guidelines and send accordingly.

Tense Problems: The biggest problem I see is tense. If you aren't sure whether you mix tenses or not, please go here and check.

Clarity: Here is another biggie...when you write, you have to write so that the reader understands what you are talking about. We are getting lots of stories where the writer is skipping here and there and by the end, we don't know what we just read. There are fragments (parts of sentences), wandering thoughts, thoughts that are random. Don't use flowery words unless you know what they mean and can put them into the story where they go. I'm serious, we have read submissions where there are all kinds of sentences thrown in randomly and if this is the experimental stuff...we don't like it and we won't publish it.

Timing: Are you being lazy and not submitting to Static Movement until late in the month? Do you want your story illustrated??? If you don't, fine, wait till the end, but if you would like for us to try to get an illustration for your story you should give our illustrators time to do one. You probably won't like hearing this, but our staff have lives too and they don't love to sit there and get something to illustrate two days before we publish your story.

Print issue: We are doing a print issue of Static Movement, and if it does well we will do another, if you'd like to be considered, you should be in touch with me...otherwise you won't be included, to be honest, I can't find everyone. If you don't have a story in any of the issues, you can't be considered for a future print issue either so maybe you should submit something.

Well, guess that's all for now.

~Chris

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Sad News

Robert Brian Newbill

June 30 1969 - July 3 2006

<>I didn't know him at all, but I liked his poetry. One of our regulars, Theresa Cecilia Garcia asked one time if I was interested in seeing her fiancé's work, and when I did, I published it.

Whether we know one another personally or not, the death of a fellow writer hits us all hard, especially one who was published in our zine. He was only 37 years old, very young, and he was very talented.

~Chris

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Beautiful cover

You can see the cover here, but you won't believe how really beautiful it is until you see it full size, this is the most beautiful, crisp cover I've ever seen, Lee Kuruganti will be proud to see this I think, and so will all of the author's who are in this issue, it's so pretty!
I saw the first 40 or so pages, it's unlike anything I thought of, what a great job Pete is doing. I'm so proud of this. On and on and on I could go, but wait and see, I'm telling the truth, this is being presented in such a great way that I can't wait to have it in my hands!

Chris

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Static Movement Online ~ Print

HERE
You can check the progress of the print issue by clicking on the link above. How about that cover? I think it looks very neat, this is the first issue cover done by Lee kuruganti!

I have been working almost non-stop on the print manuscript to send off to the publisher, and now await size for the illustrations and then it will be in their hands. It's not easy at all to format something this large, and it's not perfect...in fact the publisher will be yelling and screaming a bit, but I am confident that he can handle it, LOL.

Submissions for the print issue are over now, we have enough stories to fill it. I'll be letting everyone know if there will be a second one when we decide.

Submissions for our online zine for August are open now.

Chris
 
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